The Nickel Boys (Paperback)
"I’ve never had a book that I wanted to rush to the end of AND to keep going on forever until I read The Nickel Boys. Colson Whitehead’s elegant gift for language takes a brutal tale and compels us to delve in with eyes wide open. Set at a reform school in the Jim-Crow era south, this is the story of two teens-one full of idealism, one of skepticism-and how they managed to make their way. Based on actual historical records of a Florida reform school, graves and stories survive to show both the abuse and murder of the African- American boys in their charge. With The Nickel Boys, Whitehead manages to take a tale of horror and create a true work of art."